Factors That Affect Home Mortgage Rates

Home loans can be generally placed into one of four categories; Conventional, Alt-A and Sub Prime and second mortgages/home equity lines of credit. We will briefly touch on what impacts rates for each of these types of loans.

Let’s start with the most common, conventional loans. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are quasi governmental agencies that set the guidelines for what is considered a conventional loan. If a loan meets Fannie or Freddie ...

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